Veterans glad to have a dedicated facility
I am writing in response to a Nov. 12 letter by Danny Walchle concerning veterans being allowed to go to regular hospitals for health care.
Walchle states that the VA health care system is an unnecessary expense and should be eliminated. From his letter, I conclude that Walchle believes that health care costs would somehow be lower at regular hospitals, thereby saving the taxpayers money. He gives no indication of how he arrived at this conclusion. Have his health care costs dropped? Has he seen any sign that regular hospitals are trying to lower health care costs for anyone? Is he aware of any examples of regular hospitals attempting to lower health care costs?
Walchle admits he is not familiar with the VA but concludes that the care given there is sub-par. Having been to the VA on a number of occasions, I can attest to the wonderful care I have received there. The staff have always been efficient, professional, kind and dedicated. The VA is dedicated to the veteran – not to a profit margin as many hospitals clearly are.
I suggest Walchle go to the VA and talk to some veterans before painting this fine organization with such a broad brush. Better yet, he should consider becoming a volunteer at the VA. I am more than sure he would then hear many firsthand positive, heartfelt stores about the care veterans receive there.
DAN S. FLORY Fort Wayne
Newspaper endorses an anti-Israel slant
It is incredibly disheartening to see The Journal Gazette choose coverage so blatantly biased against Israel. In one recent article, President Obama was quoted on his hope that a ground invasion into Gaza would not happen, but his reiteration that Israel has the right to defend itself (said in the same statement) was conveniently left out.
For anyone to suggest that Israel should negotiate with Hamas is akin to expecting the U.S. to bargain with al Qaida. Hamas places no value on life – neither Jewish nor Palestinian. They put their own civilians in danger and have made it clear that their goal is not a free Palestinian state but to wipe Israel off the map.
How can a nation negotiate with such a policy?
I ask the Journal Gazette to choose coverage from the media that stand against terrorism, and I ask its readers to stand with and pray for Israel.
KATE SAMPLE Fort Wayne
Wal-Mart employees’ stance admirable
I don’t often put my thoughts into writing, but I feel compelled to give credit where credit is due. To the Wal-Mart employees who stayed home from work on Black Friday and to those employees who might lose their jobs with the holidays so near: In the face of an uncertain future you chose to make a stand for something you believe in.
People like you are rare, you spoke your minds, and your actions of solidarity spoke loud enough for even Wal-Mart to hear. You could all lose your jobs, and tough times will come and go. But your actions and beliefs will carry you to something better than Wal-Mart. In doing this, you will be an example to your children that they will pass on for generations to come. You are all my heroes
My American dream is to be able to make enough money to pursue happiness in my life; granted, I work for it. I hope your requests are met by your employer. As for respect, you already have it.
ZACH HERMAN Fort Wayne